The IFRS In-Depth series provides a comprehensive understanding of various topics related to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the global accounting principles that provide the foundation for most of the world’s financial reporting. These standards establish the recognition, measurement, presentation, and disclosure requirements for transactions and events reflected in IFRS financial statements.
The growing acceptance of IFRS as a basis for U.S. financial reporting represents a fundamental change for the U.S. accounting profession. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and their U.S. equivalent (the FASB) have committed to the convergence of U.S. GAAP and IFRS and are working to eliminate as many differences between the two standards as possible. In addition, the Securities and Exchange Commission has endorsed the outright adoption of IFRS in the United States. Therefore, it is clear that IFRS represents the future of financial accounting and reporting in the United States.
This course presents an overview of IAS 8 Accounting Policies, Changes in Accounting Estimates and Errors and discusses the IASB’s and FASB’s efforts towards achieving convergence in these areas of financial reporting.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Properly classify accounting changes (i.e. changes in accounting policy, changes in accounting estimates, and error corrections) per the guidelines of IAS 8
- Describe the recognition and disclosure requirements for each type of accounting change under IAS 8
- Describe the similarities and differences between IFRS and U.S. GAAP in the area of accounting changes
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